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  •  Unfortunately...I'm with the good doctor... (13+ / 0-)

    ...on this. During the Gilded Age (c. 1865 - 1900) the following occurred:

    Homestead Strike;
    Alexander Berkman's attempted assassination of the 1%er Henry Clay Frick;
    Haymarket affair;
    Pullman Strike;
    Great Railroad Strike of 1877;
    Knights of Labor founded 1869;
    Great Southwest Railroad Strike of 1886, involving 200,000 workers;
    foundation of the American Federation of Labor.

    Just a tiny, tiny list of the rebellions against the 1%, against economic, social, and racial oppression during this era.

    Where's the unrest in our Gilded Age? Almost every event I mentioned above was a failure, but they kept on trying.

    Where's our backbone?

    Join Essa in a revolt against the gods. Continue the fight, Causality.

    by rbird on Thu Feb 27, 2014 at 05:15:59 PM PST

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    •  No backbone because.... (7+ / 0-)

      the oppressed in our country, especially in the impoverished Southern states, paradoxically vote GOP against their own economic interests.  

      Dkos readers understand the Southern Strategy and other contextual information that explain this to some extent, but nonetheless the people who should be squawking the loudest are blindly supporting the Republican agenda (with some exceptions).

      How can we change this mindset?

    •  The thing that drove me nuts about OWS (1+ / 0-)
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      was the lack of leadership and  reluctance to any direct confrontation. Now, I think that's what saved them from massive retaliation on local, state and federal levels, from Patriot Act surveillance to unrestrained firepower on the street. How many would still be held under charges of conspiracy just for expressing themselves on social media? Would today's Democrats be defending them and their cause?

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